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    Sale 12109

    Old Masters

    26 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 69

    Abel Grimmer (Antwerp c. 1570-1618/9)

    A village landscape in winter with the Massacre of the Innocents

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    Abel Grimmer (Antwerp c. 1570-1618/9)
    A village landscape in winter with the Massacre of the Innocents
    with signature and date '·P·BRVEGHEL·1612·' (lower right)
    oil on panel
    15 1/8 x 21 3/8 in. (38.4 x 54.3 cm.)


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    The son of Jacob Grimmer, Abel Grimmer is primarily known for his small paintings of country scenes, which often form part of a series of the Four Seasons or the Twelve Months of the year. This snowy landscape was likely conceived as part of such a series, perhaps as a representation of the months of December or January, or simply Winter. The painting is executed in Grimmer’s celebrated style, marked by a preference for clearly articulated scenes set in elegant, orderly landscapes. The high viewpoint and dramatic recession set along the diagonal are also characteristic of the artist. In contrast to the biblical episode depicted in the foreground, Grimmer populates the background here with more benign and anecdotal passages from everyday peasant life: villagers walk through the streets while soldiers pause to allow their horses to drink from the river.

    Provenance

    (Possibly) with De Boer, Amsterdam.
    with Galerie Heim, Paris, 1953.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 11 July 2001, lot 4, where acquired by the following.
    Private collection, Belgium, and by descent to the present owners.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN ESTATE


    Literature

    K. Ertz, Pieter Brueghel der Jüngere (1564-1637/38), Lingen, 1988/2000, II, p. 828, no. E1147, fig. 629, as Pieter Brueghel II.


    Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie Heim-Gairac, Exposition de Paysages Flamands: Henri met de Bles a Jan Brueghel, 18 April-15 May 1953, no. 11, as Pieter Brueghel II.